Red Lentil Soup


2 cups red lentils
1 small onion
2-3 cloves garlic
1-2 medium tomatoes
a little cilantro
a few red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch of turmeric

Cook the red lentils in a pressure cooker with 4 cups water. Meanwhile in a pan add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, cumin seeds, pepper flakes and turmeric until the cumin seeds lightly brown. Add onion and garlic and fry until lightly brown. Add chopped tomatoes and continue frying. Add the cooked lentils, 1-2 cups more water and continue cooking in low to medium flame. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle some cilantro leaves and serve hot.


3 thoughts on “Red Lentil Soup”

  1. I love the taste of the lentil soup in mid-east restaurants the best. Will try this – maybe it will be better! Thank you.


  2. Red Lentils cook very easily.. so you can cook them on the stove top in a pan with twice or a little more than twice the quantity of water. I use the pressure cooker for most beans and lentils since it cooks faster and I am used to it.


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